Top Ten

February 22, 2022

National Cybersecurity Consortium receives $80M to lead Cyber Security Innovation Network

The Government of Canada has announced $80M in funding for the National Cybersecurity Consortium (NCC), which is co-led by five institutions: the University of Calgary, Concordia University, the University of New Brunswick, Ryerson University and the University of Waterloo. The funding will be used to lead the Cyber Security Innovation Network (CSIN), which will support the development of Canada’s national cyber security ecosystem and increase collaboration between academia, industry, and the government. The CSIN will focus on enhancing research and development, increasing commercialization, and developing cybersecurity talent to address the labour shortage. Canada | Concordia | UNB | IT World Canada (National)

BCIT announces new $162.6M Trades and Technology Complex

The British Columbia Institute of Technology has announced that it will be building a new Trades and Technology Complex (TTC) at its Burnaby campus. The complex is supported by a $136.6M investment from the Government of British Columbia and a $26M investment from BCIT. The complex will provide access to cutting edge tools, instruction, and equipment, as well as a purpose-built Trades and Technology Centre that will support collaboration between students by combining workshops, simulation, a maker space, and a trades discovery centre. “This leading-edge complex will showcase BCIT’s commitment to powering the province’s prosperity through applied education that empowers people and shapes BC for generations to come,” said BCIT President Kathy Kinloch. BCIT | BC | Castanet (BC)

Cégeps help improve graduation rates among men: Journal

The Journal de Montréal has released a series of editorials about the cégeps that have the best graduation rates among men in response to Québec’s challenges with lower graduation rates among men. The Journal reports that women enrol in and graduate from cégeps at a much higher rate than men. Fédération des cégeps President Bernard Tremblay noted that the issue is apparent in each step of the educational system, from high school through university. Across the 52 public cégeps, the Journal noted that men tended to have higher-than-average graduation rates in programs such as engineering and police techniques, as well as at institutions such as Cégep de Rimouski, Cégep de Jonquière, and Vanier College. Cégep de Sorel-Tracy and Cégep Baie-Comeau ranked highly in the natural sciences, while College d’Alma and Jonquière led in the human sciences. Journal de Montréal (1) | Journal de Montréal (2) (QC)

TRU announces naming of the new Bob Gaglardi School of Business and Economics

Thompson Rivers University has announced a new name for its business school: the Bob Gaglardi School of Business and Economics. TRU President Brett Fairbairn says that this is the first time that TRU has named a faculty or school. The school is named after Bob Gaglardi, whose children donated $10M in his honour to support the construction of the new academic building. “[I]t’s important that our name embodies the principles we encourage in our students—integrity, accountability, professionalism, and hard work,” said Dean of the Bob Gaglardi School of Business and Economics Michael Henry. “This is the start of a strong partnership with the Gaglardi family rooted in our shared values, including developing ethical business leaders and entrepreneurs who will shape and grow their communities.” TRU (1) | TRU (2) (BC)

“Student dads are the ghosts:” Editorial

In a recent article for The Guardian, Lilah Burke examines the dismal graduation rates of student fathers at US postsecondary institutions. Noting a lack of research about the experience of student fathers, Burke writes that student fathers tend to face similar finance and childcare challenges to student mothers, and tend to have better access to jobs with high physical demand and lower education requirements like construction. Fathers may also face cultural and social barriers that make education a lower priority, such as the expectation that they should be the family provider. “If student parents are an invisible population, student dads are ghosts,” explains researcher Autumn Green. Burke highlights the success of programs like the US-based Fatherhood Academy, and the potential of supports like childcare on campus, parent-focused scholarships and grants, and improved research on the topic. The Guardian (Editorial)

Fleming, Trent announce partnership to expand education pathways for Indigenous students

Fleming College and Trent University have announced a new partnership that will expand pathways to further education for Indigenous students. The pathway will allow eligible graduates of Fleming’s Ecosystem Management Technology, Environmental Technology, and Fish and Wildlife Technology programs complete a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Indigenous Environmental Studies in an additional two years. Indigenous students in Fleming’s Early Childhood Education and Educational Support programs will also be able to transfer credits into Trent’s Indigenous Bachelor of Education degree. “The Indigenous-focused degree programs at Trent aim to support generations of Indigenous youth by producing greater numbers of role models,” said Professor David Newhouse, chair of the Chanie Wenjack School of Indigenous Studies at Trent. Fleming (ON)

Strikes continue at Acadia, ULethbridge, while UAlberta faculty start mediation

Faculty unions at Acadia University and the University of Lethbridge are continuing labour action, while a staff union at the University of Alberta has started mediation talks. At Acadia, faculty are hoping for progress as a provincially appointed conciliator has been meeting with the university. CBC reports that a group of students held a march to show support for the faculty association. The University of Lethbridge Faculty Association is continuing its negotiations with ULethbridge. The Lethbridge Herald says that ULethbridge will not consider co-management arrangements. The Association of Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA) has started formal mediation talks, but the bargaining team has said it does not want to force strike action. Athabasca University Labour Relations Professor Bob Barnetson explained to CBC that ongoing labour disputes and negotiation impasses in the province may be tied to 2019 Alberta legislation that allows the government to give directives on collective bargaining. CBC (Acadia) | Lethbridge Herald | CBC (ULethbridge) | CBC (UAlberta) (NS | AB)

New Brock Education programs create pathways, opportunities for international students

Brock University’s Faculty of Education has launched two new certificate programs to assist internationally educated students. The two programs are uniquely designed to prepare international students for community-based work settings and provide pathways into new educational and work opportunities. Students in the Canadian Culture and Education Studies (CCES) program will explore educational theory, the Canadian educational context, and Canadian culture in preparation for further postsecondary education. The Leadership in Community-based Education (LCBE) program will prepare students for leadership positions outside of the public K-12 classrooms, such as work as educational consultants, admissions counsellors, and settlement workers. “Each program provides graduates with valuable experiences for seeking employment and engaging in advanced post-secondary study,” explained Brock Education Professor Vera Woloshyn. Brock (ON)

Portage, Athabasca partner to create transfer credit partnership

Portage College and Athabasca University have created a transfer credit partnership that will give students five new pathways through which to earn degrees. Through the partnership, students at Portage will have access to AU’s online courses and will be able to pursue five AU degree options: A Bachelor of General Arts, a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations, a Bachelor of General Studies, or a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Sciences. “I am extremely excited about our partnership with Athabasca University,” said Portage VP Academic and Research Dr Donna Feledichuk. “The ability to open up more degree pathways is paramount to expanding opportunities for learners in our region.” Portage (AB)

VCC announces free programming to fill labour needs

Vancouver Community College has announced a fully subsidized Supportive Care Assistant micro-certificate program that aims to address labour shortages in the long-term care sector. The six-week online program will allow learners to discover a new career and gain paid work experience through a 280-hour placement. Graduates can also ladder into a health care assistant certificate program. VCC has also announced a comprehensive, nine-week training program in Material Handling that will be offered at no cost to learners or employers. The training, which is funded through the Canada Future Skills Program, will cover forklift operations, interpersonal skills like problem solving and information literacy, and MSCC Certified logistics associate and technician training. VCC (1) | VCC (2) (BC)